2/21/11. Dr. Deborah Haskins. Return interview with Dr. Haskins, a specialist in treating gambling addiction and training gambling addiction counselors, Department of Psychology, Loyola University. Dr. Haskins spoke about the upcoming National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2011, sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling. (See www.nyproblemgambling.org and www.npgaw.org)
She emphasized the need for education about the nature of problem gambling, especially as gambling becomes more widespread and socially acceptable. Many consider gambling a harmless form of entertainment, and fail to recognize that it can lead to serious negative consequencesâdamage to health, finances, family relationships, etc.âparticularly for problem or compulsive gamblers. Dr. Haskins urged listeners to recognize the potential consequences of gambling and to be more open and honest in talking about them. She discussed means of getting information out to the public and encouraged greater communication between churches and social service agencies. She emphasized also that help is indeed available for those with gambling problems.